Alanna is finishing up some imitation programming in head action imitation and foot/leg imitations. She'll next move through the typical ABLLS-R sequence, like mouth/tongue imitations, arm/hand imitations and fine motor imitations.
Tyler, now 15 months, is imitating spontaneously. I don't need a verbal Sd to get his attention, like "hey copy me!" He makes eye contact with me and just tries to copy me, usually correctly but sometimes in a funny way. This morning, I pointed to my nose and he pointed to his head like a gun (maybe he knew what he was doing after all!)
When I see this, I can either respond with a "I wish it it were this easy for Alanna but it's not", or I can find joy in this simple moment of being a parent, having fun, and knowing that I am so thankful he does not experience the same difficulties Alanna does in this seemingly easy task.
Today I choose the latter and I laugh at him - we have fun. This moment never comes for some parents and I am happy it came for me. Beyond thankful.